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Archive images - May 2021


Sedge
                  Warbler
  Sedge Warbler, River Ouzel, 29 May 2021.
This male was singing his scratchy song from the cover of a dense stand of Cow Parsley.





Cardinal Beetle
  Cardinal Beetle, Linslade Woods, 27 May 2021.
The colour of the elytra will develop into a deeper red.





14spot Ladybird
  A 14-spot Ladybird on a buttercup, along with many flower beetles, Linslade Woods, 27 May 2021.
The background colour of the 14-spot Ladybird is usually yellow.





Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly
  Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly, Alwins Field, 25 May 2021.
This dragonfly had not long emerged and soon made its first flight.





Hoverfly - Merodon equestris - female
  A medium-sized hoverfly (Merodon equestris) in our garden, Alwins Field, 25 May 2021.
This insect had not long emerged and its wings were not fully expanded nor hardened yet.





Carrion Crow
  Big boss in our garden - a Carrion Crow, Alwins Field, 23 May 2021.
All other birds give this one a wide berth.





Orange Tip butterfly - male
  An Orange Tip butterfly in our garden, Alwins Field, 22 May 2021.
This is a male with the orange on the top of of its forewings. The female has no orange. Both sexes have the greenish cryptic pattern on the underwing that helps them to avoid predation when they're settled with their wings held together.





Speckled Wood butterfly
  A fresh Speckled Wood butterfly, Linslade Woods, 18 May 2021.





Silver Y Moth
  A Silver Y Moth, Linslade Woods, 18 May 2021.





Dandelion Seed Head
  A Dandelion Seed Head - often called a a Dandelion Clock, Linslade Woods, 18 May 2021.





Starlings
  The Starlings have not long fledged. Here an adult is feeding a juvenile on our garden fence, Alwins Field, 16 May 2021.





Jackdaw
  A smart-looking Jackdaw, Alwins Field, 16 May 2021.





Mayfly
                  - Pond Olive
  A Pond Olive Mayfly, Alwins Field Allotments, 14 May 2021.
Mayflies emerge from their larvae on the water surface, in this case of a water trough, and have to escape from the surface tension.





Large Red Damselfly
  A Large Red Damselfly, Alwins Field, 10 May 2021.
This had not long emerged; its wings are not fully hardened and its first flight to this resting point was weak.





Holly Blue butterfly
  A female Holly Blue butterfly in our garden, Alwins Field,
7 May 2021.





Large Red Damselfly
  A Large Red Damselfly emerging from our garden pond, Alwins Field, 7 May 2021. The adult damselfly is seen here bursting out of its larval skin on a rock at the edge of the pond. Its wings are tiny but they will be pumped up to full size and be fairly rigid before it flies away.





Micromoth - Incurvaria masculella
  A Micromoth (Incurvaria masculella) on a window, Alwins Field,
7 May 2021. This is a male with "pectinate" antennae - they look like combs and are designed to sniff out females.





Tawny Mining Bee - Andrena fulva female
  A female Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva), Alwins Field,
7 May 2021.





Honey
                  bee
  A Honey bee in our garden, Alwins Field, feeding on Forget-me-nots, 5 May 2021.





Bluebell
  A typical native Bluebell, Linslade Woods, 2 May 2021.
These are not the same as the scent-less Spanish Bluebells that are sold at garden centres.





Carpet
                  of Bluebells
  A carpet of Bluebells, Linslade Woods, 2 May 2021.





Mining
                  Bee - Andrena nitida female
  A female Grey-patched Mining Bee (Andrena nitida) in Linslade Woods, 2 May 2021.




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